Strength­en­ing com­mu­ni­ties

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil has re­leased sev­eral key statis­tics and in­for­ma­tion about projects, plan­ning and fund­ing gained in the past quar­ter.

Mayor Tony Driscoll said it had been an ex­cit­ing pe­riod for the shire, with a com­bi­na­tion of suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­ca­tions and com­pleted projects.

“Of course we are al­ways plan­ning to pro­cure more grants and fund­ing to in­crease the liv­abil­ity and tourism to the re­gion,” he said.

Com­mu­nity strength­en­ing projects for the past quar­ter in­cluded State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing of $600,000 for a brand new multi-pur­pose sport­ing fa­cil­ity at North Park; a $100,000 age-friendly grant to de­liver the shire’s Pos­i­tive Age­ing Strat­egy over two years; and a $16,000 anti-graf­fiti art­work pro­ject in part­ner­ship with Vic­to­ria Po­lice and Stawell Sec­ondary Col­lege.

The coun­cil gave away more than $10,000 through its com­mu­nity grants pro­gram.

Cap­i­tal works projects that were com­pleted at St Ar­naud in the past quar­ter in­cluded up­grades of foot­paths in Mcma­hon and Can­ter­bury streets; Mil­lett Street kerb and chan­nel; Wool­pack Road in­ter­sec­tion; and a shade sail for Mar­ket Square.

The coun­cil also is­sued 25 plan­ning per­mits in the last quar­ter at a to­tal value of $3.6-mil­lion, with $144,100 granted as part of the shire’s Busi­ness As­sis­tance Scheme and a $24-mil­lion eco­nomic im­pact ex­pected from that fig­ure.

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